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Our Story
How do you help build a great city like Calgary? You build the best people-business you possibly can.

Imagine launching a business without a personal computer, smart phone or tablet. You’d have no internet, no email, no social media and no mobile phone service. That’s how it was in 1974, when Laverne Bowen-Kruger launched her recruitment firm. There weren’t even faxes to be had back then.

There was, however, a booming economy. Hungry for new employees, it created opportunities for recruitment firms and placement services. But if you wanted to be in the game for the long haul, you had to satisfy Calgary’s business community. They were demanding a high level of service, so that’s what Laverne gave them.

She figured out how to deliver a quality of service that has since become the hallmark of BOWEN. That’s how we became proficient at contingent workforce management, on top of our permanent and temporary placement operations. It’s also how we succeeded in placing and/or managing more than 120,000 people, over the past 40 years.

Today, we are 50-staff-members strong, making us the largest firm of our kind in Western Canada. We source and manage thousands of contingent workers. We design complex recruitment projects across a range of industries. We manage contractors, making sure they’re paid and compliant. We understand Canadian payroll legislation. We employ the latest technologies and are adept in both safety and non-safety-sensitive environments. We work with some of Canada’s largest companies. And some pretty small ones, too.

We are, as we like to say, your people partner. “It describes us to a T,” says President and CEO Shannon Bowen-Smed, “because it covers what we do and how we do it. Especially now that we’re managing over 3,000 contract workers, for clients.”

Work With Us

Join BOWEN and you’ll be welcomed by a team of professionals that has delivered recruitment solutions and workforce excellence for more than 40 years.

We’re always looking

We’re proud of our record for hiring top talent from a variety of disciplines and bringing together with one simple directive: help organizations manage their workforce challenges and people find great jobs. We are a company that celebrates making a difference, out-of-the-box thinking and it’s where working together makes great things happen.

Compensation and benefits

We look for the best and brightest people to join our team. As such, we offer competitive compensation, and an extensive array of programs and benefits.

Pay for performance
Health care spending account
Flex days
Flexible work arrangements
Group life insurance
Birthday day off
Extended health and dental coverage
Social events and activities
Two paid volunteer days per employee, per year
BOWEN is Your People Partner.

Our focus on people is just part of who we are. We are committed to providing exceptional personal service, to listening and understanding that every business has unique needs, and to coming up with solutions to help organizations – and their people – achieve their goals.

People are at the heart of BOWEN’s culture and values. We support, nurture and equip our employees to use their skills and talents, and to thrive on new challenges and create opportunities.

We also give our time and resources to our community by helping families in need.

Bringing out the best in people is simply what we do every day.

It’s why we are Your People Partner!